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2008-10-02 12:03:41

By RICHARD PYLE CUTLINES The historic aircraft carrier Intrepid sits docked at a repair facility in Bayonne, N.J., earlier this month. The fabled survivor of Pacific war battles and five kamikaze suicide attacks will be towed up New York Harbor on Thursday and slotted into its familiar Hudson River berth. Mark Lennihan/Associated PressNEW YORK - - Almost two years after being pried ignominiously from the mud by a phalanx of huffing tugboats and towed off to a shipyard for a major...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'